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GARNER: Multifamily Housing Is Not The Enemy

2010-09-18 IBJ VIEWPOINT It would be easy to blame the economy for our blighted urban neighborhoods. True, these tough economic times have led to more vacant and foreclosed houses than we can count. But the key to revitalizing a neighborhood stretches far beyond boarded-up houses. If we want to see positive changes in our neighborhoods, […]

Urban Redevelopment Requires Dialogue – VIEWPOINT Sanford Garner

2010-09-03 Later this summer, architects, urban planners, economists and hydrologists from around the city and around the nation will come to Indianapolis to begin planning for the redevelopment of the area near 22nd Street and the Monon Trail. Known as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Sustainable Design Assessment Team, it will work with neighborhood […]

Secretary Of State Candidate Leaves Architectural Firm

2010-07-30 IBJ News / Scott Olson Vop Osili, co-founder and president of A2SO4, has left the Indianapolis architectural firm to concentrate on his campaign for Indiana secretary of state. Osili, 47, is the Democratic nominee for the office, which will be decided in the November election. He and Sanford Garner launched A2SO4 in 2000. The […]


A2SO4 Product Library Greening Initiative Goal Reached

2010-07-23 As of today Friday, July 23, every single item in the our product library has been entered into the ECO-LIB database! After working off and on for 12 months and 22 days, we have 1,832 entries. New binders and replacement binders will be evaluated as they are brought into the office on a weekly […]

Garner One Of 81 LEED AP NDs In North America

2010-05-21 Sanford Garner recently earned one of the first two LEED AP ND credentials in the state of Indiana and was one of 81 in North America. The LEED AP ND credential provides a standard for professionals participating in the design and development of neighborhoods that meet accepted high levels of environmentally responsible, sustainable development. […]

A Neighborhood Transformation Brownfield Spotlight: Indianapolis

2010-05-03 Once the site of two abandoned gas stations, the Douglass Pointe Lofts now stand out as a thriving mixed use development in downtown Indianapolis. The new live/work development, in a neighborhood with historically high crime rates, houses nine businesses and residential apartments, including Goose the Market, a specialty grocery that has been said to […]


Minority and Disadvantaged: Pros, Cons

2010-05 MBE and DBE firm owners debate whether the designation really helps their business. Architectural Record / May Issue / By G. Chaise Nunnally Can a label help or hinder business success? The obvious answer is that it depends on the message behind the label and what one ultimately hopes to gain from it. Such […]

Self-Guided Architectural Walking Tours In Indianapolis

2010-04-29 Sanford Garner is serving as a tour guide for Tour #1: Downtown Monuments and Memorials. This is part of the Walk Indianapolis project designed to help visitors and locals alike explore more of our great city. We are doing this through self-guided tours of the city’s landmark buildings, with audio commentary from some of […]

Mass Ave Project Works Toward April Approval

2010-03-02 IBJ /Tom Harton A Massachusetts Avenue project announced two years ago is zeroing in on financing but will face some opposition over the amount of parking the plan calls for when it seeks city approval next month. Trail Side on Mass Ave would include 69 one-bedroom apartments and about 23,000 square feet of ground-level […]


Commit To A New Resolution: Find A Mentor To Make You Better

2010-01-15 As we enter 2010, like most people, I’m writing down personal and business goals for the coming year. Increase sales? Check. Exercise more? Check. Design something that’s makes a difference in people’s lives? Double-check. You get the picture. Like all of you, I’ve been through this drill before, always with good intentions – but […]

Sanford Garner Receives A 2009 AIA Service Award

2009-10-15 Created in 1999, this award is named after the first female registered architect in Indiana. A Terre Haute native, Juliet Peddle (1889 – 1979) was the second woman to graduate from then University of Michigan School of Architecture. Employed for a time with Edward H. Clark, Inc., in Chicago when also co-founded the Chicago […]

Neighbor Input Needed In Revitalization Efforts

2009-09-10 IBJ Letters To The Editor As an organization working hard to help revitalize Indianapolis, Local Initiatives Support Corp. applauds the efforts of the American Institute of Architects in our city. We also wanted to take a moment to second the ideas expressed last week in AIA Indianapolis President Sanford Garner’s Viewpoint column. Garner expressed […]


Urban Redevelopment Requires Dialogue

2009-08-03 VIEWPOINT Indianapolis Business Journal (IBJ) Later this summer, architects, urban planners, economists and hydrologists from around the city and around the nation will come to Indianapolis to begin planning for the redevelopment of the area near 22nd Street and the Monon Trail. Known as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Sustainable Design Assessment Team, […]

A2SO4 Project Manager Participates In Sustainability Workshop

2009-06-12 Mark Darrall, LEED AP, an A2SO4 project manager and co-developer of A2SO4′s EcoIntegration green design initiatives, joined nearly three dozen colleagues in support of Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard’s goal of making Indianapolis “the greenest city in the Midwest” by reimagining Indianapolis’s largest public building as an example of energy and water efficiency. A two-day […]

Indianapolis Monthly Home Features Douglass Pointe Lofts

2008-04-03 Douglass Pointe Lofts, part of Fall Creek Place, is currently featured in Indianapolis Monthly Home Spring 2008 edition. The project, designed by A2SO4 and Rottmann Architects, is the focus of the article “The New Home Office”, a feature on the impact that live-work condos can have for some small business owners.


7th Annual New Partners For Smart Growth

2008-01-29 A2SO4 founding partner Sanford Garner will be speaking at the 7th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth, a three-day conference focused on building safe, healthy and livable communities. The event will be held February 7-9th in Washington DC. Sanford will take part in the session Building Great Communities Through Collaborative Problem Solving where he […]

Supporting Positive Change

2008-01-14 A2SO4 is proud to support +CHANGE, an event hosted by IndiNOMA, the Indiana Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects. +CHANGE will feature Dr. Craig L. Wilkins and Hector LaSala on January 25th in Indianapolis. The event will be a unique opportunity for students and professionals who are interested in creating positive change […]

More Board Elections

2008-01-09 A2SO4 is pleased to announce that Wil Marquez and Sanford Garner have been elected to the positions of vice president and secretary on the 2008 IndiNOMA board of directors. IndiNOMA is the Indiana Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects. Sanford Garner has also been elected to the 2008 AIA Indianapolis board where […]


Recent Hires At A2SO4

2008-01-08 A2SO4 has announced the recent hires of Kumar Karadi, Rachel Cutler, and Jeremy M. Stewart and the addition of interns Jamie Owens, Asia Smith-Bey, and Lourenzo Giple. Kumar Karadi has joined A2SO4 as Architectural Designer. Kumar holds a Master of Architecture from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor of Architecture from Karnataka […]

Veolia Headquarters

2008-01-07 The Indianapolis Business Journal announced today that Paris-based Veolia Water is moving its North American headquarters from Houston to Indianapolis’s National City Center. A2SO4 serves as architect of record for the project, which involves renovation of Veolia’s space in the building’s east and south towers.

Killian Group Receives ABC Award

2007-12-27 A2SO4 client Killian Construction Company was awarded for the Renovation/Restoration of the new Killian Group Corporate Office in Springfield, Missouri. The award was issued by the Associated Builders and Contractors Heart of America Chapter in Kansas City, Missouri. A2SO4 served as architect of record for the project.


Key Team Member Elected to USGBC Indiana Board of Directors

2007-12-21 A2SO4 project manager, Mark Darrall, LEED AP, has been elected to a two-year term serving on the board of directors for the Indiana Chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). USGBC is a non-profit organization known for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, which has been […]

EI Training – Year One

2007-11-20 A2SO4 has completed a year of EcoIntegration training for its staff, clients and design partners. This year’s training included such sessions as: Exposure to Regional Precedence of Sustainable Design; Building Energy Modeling & the Integrated Design Process; Complex Choices — the Many Shades of Green; Furnishing High Performance Buildings; and Better Places to Learn. […]

NOMA Design Excellence

2007-11-20 A2SO4 has been awarded the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) “Design Excellence Honor Award” for Douglass Pointe Lofts. NOMA was established to foster communications and fellowship among minority architects through the formation of a federation of existing and proposed local minority architectural groups. Douglass Pointe Lofts was also recently awarded an achievement award […]